2016 Hub Challenge Check-in #13

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Hello fellow Challengers! How is your reading? Recently, I’ve finished What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe, Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa, and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera and the three books are very different. What If is just an incredibly fun read. I actually let myself fall behind on some beloved podcasts to listen to What If at the gym instead, which is really saying something! Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating and the questions are truly absurd and entertaining.

Fans of the Impossible Life and More Happy Than Not are more similar because they are more serious works of fiction. And yet More Happy Than Not is about learning to deal with memories and past events when it seems easier to forget and Fans of the Impossible Life is not about running away from the bad stuff but trying heal and embrace it. Both were really lovely and I especially liked how Silvera explored the nature of identity and the weight of our pasts in More Happy Than Not.

Right now, I’m looking forward to reading more from the Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list like Challenger Deep and The Bunker Diary. I’m also planning on tracking down lluminae: The Illuminae Files_01 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff on audio since I love a good science fiction novel!

What are you looking forward to reading? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below, and join the conversation on social media using the #hubchallenge on Instagram, Twitter, and our Goodreads group.

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— Anna Tschetter, currently reading Gotham Academy, Vol. 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl

10 thoughts on “2016 Hub Challenge Check-in #13”

  1. Just finished my 25th book: Symphony for the City of the Dead! This also completes my goal of reading all the books from the “Award for Excellence in Nonfiction”. I usually don’t read many nonfiction on my own, but in the end, those are the books that stick with me. Sometimes they seem a bit daunting until I actually start reading them. I’m hoping to read a few more titles by June, so I’ll keep going on the challenge.

  2. Three books this week, two of them *****!
    –Fans of the Impossible Life: three teens, a triangle–yes, a love triangle–that would be a stretch. Did enjoy the book. ****
    –Notorious RBG: Amazing story of how despite many obstacles, this woman rose to the top of her chosen career field. Despite being a woman, despite being a mother, despite overcoming serious illnesses. *****
    –Cinder: Originally read in 2012 and listened to it this week. Love it as much now as then. Now must reread the rest of the series! *****

  3. I finished Supermutant Magic Academy (#20) this week. I thought it was unique, cute, and weird. Sometimes I forgot that they were all connected by going to the same school as it was just one page (mostly) per character.

    Unbeatable squirrel, Bone Gap, and Breakthrough are next on my list!

    1. DM
      I read part of Illumnae and listened to part of it (about 1/2 & 1/2 by the time the audio book was available). The book was next to impossible to keep me interested. Much too confusing. The audio was better, but the story line was not enough to keep me engaged. The planet was attacked, Ezra & Kady left on separate ships (after breaking up), and I just didn’t care. I know it has very good reviews, but not for me.

      1. Huh…I guess this shows us the truth of Ranganathan’s Rules:

        Every reader his / her book.
        Every book its reader.

        I was totally immersed in the audio, and gave it 5 stars! Best SF I have read in years!
        I loved the multiple points of view–I was reminded of parts of 2001 Space Odyssey.

  4. Took Ashen Winter home to read over the weekend. Wow, great story, especially with the plot based on the premise that this sort of event might be a possibility. The characters were well written too. In fact I enjoyed it so much I went and got the other two books in the series and read them through as well!

  5. Just finished (#12) Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir in one setting! It was beautiful and an amazing story about Cuba. I also read and LOVED Audacity by Melanie Crowder. I love books in verse and I absolutely love historical fiction that doesn’t butcher history so this was an instant favorite.

    Also read Lumberjanes and they were delightful and fun. Fangirls guide to the galaxy was cute but I got lost in all the detail. Probably because I’m such a nerd I knew all the acronyms and fandoms already.

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